Few whisky bottling can claim to be truly iconic, yet this is certainly one of them. A giant amongst Highland malts, Macallan is perhaps Scotland’s most prestigious distillery. The accolades for this dram have flowed and flowed, with Jim Murray giving it a 93 point score, and esteemed whisky writer F Paul Pacult declaring it “simply the best 12 Year Old single malt around”. Unlike the somewhat controversial Fine Oak, this dram has been matured exclusively in Sherry casks sourced from the finest Bodegas in Jerez, in the south of Spain. This is what gives Macallan 12 Year Old that famous, distinctive sweet richness. On the nose, wave after wave of Sherry character bombards the drinker, with dense plums, raisins, sultanas and cherries. The palate brings in oakier notes, with a little pot-pourri and some floral flavours. A good malty core supports the sherried notes, with rich vanilla flavours and a dense creaminess. The finish is long, lingering with dried fruit, dark chocolate and bittersweet oak. A bottle that every serious whisky drinker should try at least once, this is worth the hype and a classic for a reason.